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Project SELECT is a unique teacher certification program

Black Hills State University offers a unique teacher certification program to encourage people to consider a teaching degree. Project SELECT accelerates the education and placement of secondary teachers in surrounding area school districts.

The College of Education at BHSU, South Dakota’s largest teacher preparation program is offering their Project SELECT program in Rapid City, Douglas, Chamberlain, Ft Pierre, and Pierre in partnership with local school districts.

Non-traditional and traditional age students who have finished a degree with coursework in a teaching content area are ideal candidates for Project SELECT, an undergraduate secondary certification program according to Nancy Whitcher, Project SELECT recruiter.

“Maybe you have a college degree but didn’t major in education, maybe you are in a job that doesn’t feel like a career, or live where career options matching your background are limited, “Whitcher says. “Perhaps you’ve had a satisfying career outside education and are looking for an opportunity to impact the lives of young people. For men and women fitting those categories, Project SELECT can be a life-changing adventure.”

The Project SELECT program stresses theory into practice—participants work towards a secondary certification as they teach regularly in a classroom, matched with a mentor teacher. Because of the rigorous coursework and amount of time spent in the classroom, Project SELECT is a full-time commitment. The program follows and is completed within the school districts calendar year.

For those meeting eligibility criteria, scholarships may be available to help cover tuition and other costs through a collaborative grant, Dakota ASSETS, awarded to Black Hills State University, Technology in Education (TIE), Department of Education (DOE) and Teach for America.

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